Tree Clearing regulations and Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) maps were the subjects of a joint public hearing held during the Mountain View County council meeting on Wednesday, August 22nd.
A joint public hearing was held at the Mountain View County office during Wednesday's council meeting.
Reeve Bruce Beattie says proposed amendments to the County's Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) were discusses during the public hearing.
Before making its decision, Reeve Beattie says council looked over several letters that had been submitted by members of the public and listened to a couple presentations from residents on selective logging as well as a few on the Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) issue.
He says these are not easy decisions for council to make.
Council approved the MDP amendments 5 to 2 with Division 6's Peggy Johnson and Division 7's Al Kemmere voting against them. Johnson was then the lone councillor to vote against the LUB amendments as they passed by a 6-1 count.
Beattie says residents can visit the Mountain View County website and click on the interactive map to see if their land location falls within one of the Environmentally Significant Areas.
He adds, more MDP discussions are probably on the horizon for MV County.
Reeve Beattie notes the MDP has been a topic council has focused on quite a bit since he was first elected in 2010.
He says Mountain View County's new Municipal Development Plan was finalized in 2012 and it would probably make sense to conduct a review of that document in the near future.